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The DVD format war is over

February 19th, 2008 (09:37 am)

Blu-Ray has won the format war: Toshiba announced last night that they're pulling the plug on HD-DVD.


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Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: February 19th, 2008 03:01 pm (UTC)

I'm sure he's already quite pleased that more people are paying attention to format wars than to blood-and-bullets wars.

Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: February 19th, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC)
LotR pants

And how fast is the next generation HD-ultimate-super-uber-master-whoopie format coming along?

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: February 19th, 2008 03:30 pm (UTC)
Got me

Call it VHD (Very High Definition). I'm sure VHD will come along someday, but VHD discs will require VHD displays, since HDTVs don't go above 1920x1080.

On the other hand, part of the reason HDTV took so long is the fact that it's meant for broadcast, which required a government mandate to throw out the analog protocol. If a VHD format didn't bother with broadcast, it could be out in, oh, 5 years. (You could do it now, in fact, with devices meant to hook up to computer monitors; but the jump in resolution wouldn't be large enough to impress anybody.) Look for it to come from small players, probably from China; the large players will have too much investment in Blu-Ray.

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